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There are really two fundamentally different types of semi gloss paper:
(These papers often say gloss on the box but in reality they're usually more of a semi-gloss really).
Ilford Gold Fibre Gloss - A hugely popular semi-gloss fibre based paper - we've chosen this for our own printing here, it's lovely.
Ilford Gold Fibre Pearl - A little more towards the semi gloss end than the above, this is also lovely and rapidly rising in popularity, it's very similar to traditional dark room fibre based papers.
Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag
- Very consistent, excellent brightness
and grey scale with no optical brighteners used, and with great handling
characteristics. This is unquestionably one of the best papers in this class, and it's
just a really gorgeous paper.
Epson Traditional Photo Paper - (sold in the US as Epson Exhibition Fibre) Pretty much the only Epson paper we really recommend, this is a remarkable paper with very clean whites (it's loaded with optical brighteners to make things really pop!) - very deep blacks, and a nice unobtrusive surface. For those occasions when you want maximum impact from your images!
Ilford Smooth Pearl - Classic pearl surface with considerable sparkle. Beautiful photographic results and the most popular inkjet paper in the world. Pretty much a perfect day to day photo paper for things like your family portraits really.
Canson Infinity PhotoSatin - Has a less sparkly surface than the Ilford paper and is the paper I often personally use for all our family photos - a classy alternative.